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Clumber Lab (Clumber Spaniel & Labrador Mix): Info, Pictures, Traits

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Clumber Lab (Clumber Spaniel & Labrador Mix)

Height: 19 – 23 inches
Weight: 55 – 85 pounds
Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
Colors: Yellow, white, chocolate, black with white, lemon, orange markings
Suitable for: Active families, families with children, multi-pet households, large homes
Temperament: Energetic, needy, well-mannered, loving, amusing, obedient

The Clumber Lab is the designer puppy of the ever-popular Labrador Retriever and the lesser-known Clumber Spaniel. Just in case you don’t know what we’re talking about, the Clumber Spaniel is a type of Spaniel developed across the pond in central England.

The Clumber Spaniel is a new mixed breed, who is becoming very popular in the world of hunting canine lovers. Families across America are also finding a fantastic family pet in this pup because he is well-mannered and loving.

However, there are certain things that this guy needs from his humans, and not all humans can give him these things. This is why we have created this Clumber Lab breed guide, because you must know that this guy is the pooch for you before you make that commitment.

This rare hybrid hound is super energetic, and then some. The Clumber Lab needs a lot of exercise, and more than most families can give him. He also needs an owner who doesn’t mind tripping over him most days because he will stick to you like glue.

If you can handle this, you might get along well. So, let’s find out just how much.

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Clumber Lab Puppies

Clumber spaniel labrabor puppy
Image credit: Ksenia Izmaylova, Shutterstock

The Clumber Lab comes from sporting lineage, with both his parents finding themselves in the sporting dog group. With this comes intense sporting energy – not just our average canine energy. We have dedicated a whole section to his exercise needs, but you need to provide him with at least 60 minutes every day. Be prepared for much more during his youthful years.

He also needs plenty of mental stimulation throughout the day. If you can’t spend most of your day entertaining him, you’ll need to provide him with a basket full of tough toys to keep himself busy. Otherwise, he will become bored and problematic, and he’ll make sure you know that you’re being a bad dog mom or dad.

This guy is a large-sized dog, and he needs lots of room. He will not be happy cooped up in a city apartment all day. Instead, this boy is a country bumpkin who enjoys the fresh air. Unfortunately, if you live in a small apartment, this will not be the best of matches.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Clumber Lab

1. The Clumber Lab is a rare dog.

The Clumber Lab is a rare mixed breed to find. Although his Labrador parent is the most popular dog breed in America (and has been for nearly three decades), his Clumber Spaniel parent is one of the rarest breeds himself. This means that you’ll have to travel far and wide to find a Clumber Lab.

2. The Clumber Lab is one of the largest Spaniel mixed pups.

His Clumber Spaniel parent is the largest of all Spaniels known by the American Kennel Club. His thick body and big paws make him one of the cutest too.

3. The Clumber Lab is super sensitive.

The Clumber Lab might be a big burly dude, but he is a sweet and sensitive soul deep down. He picks up on emotions in the family, so you might find him becoming stressed during exam times, for example. And he doesn’t like too much change in the family environment, so if you want to go on vacation a lot, be sure to take him with you.

Parent Breeds of the Clumber Lab
Image Credit: (L) Dora Zett, Shutterstock | (R) Jumpstory

Temperament & Intelligence of the Clumber Lab 🧠

The Clumber Lab is a loving and sweet dog who adores his family very much. Nothing will get in the way of this boy and his human pack. He loves to snuggle up on the sofa after a long day of playing with you and following you around. He will whip out his large forever puppy dog eyes when he feels needy, and we guarantee that you won’t be able to resist.

He is well-mannered and friendly, meaning that he will welcome anyone who comes to the door. This is great if you are a sociable family who is forever having guests or deliveries to your house. This is not ideal for those looking for a guard dog because he just hasn’t got it in him.

But because he is so excitable, he will bark to let you know a potential new best friend of his is approaching. So, he makes an excellent watchdog. With his bellowing bark, this is another reason why he isn’t suited to apartment living.

He is lots of fun and loves to get involved with family games. There is never a dull moment with the Clumber Lab about. He will love to retrieve objects, so try to include fetch into your daily routine.

The Clumber Lab is a very intelligent dog. He is also obedient and loyal to his master. These traits make him a relatively easy pooch to train, so he is suited to first-time dog owners. If you find he isn’t listening to you, you might not have paid him enough attention that morning. Suck up to him, and he’ll be back to his obedient self soon.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Clumber Lab makes a fantastic family pet. Both of his parents are well-mannered and polite, so you can expect this guy to be doubly so. He gets on with everyone, from grandpa to grandbabies, and everyone in between.

Because he is well-mannered, he is suited to families with young children despite his larger size. He will be calm and gentle with them during playtime, and because of his gentle mouthing technique, you can rest easy knowing that he makes a great playmate. As always, be sure to supervise dogs and kids together.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

The Clumber Lab will get along with most pets, making him a great addition to multi-pet households. There is one sticking point, though, and that is if you have ducks or chickens, it’s not going to work out well. He is a sporting dog who will retrieve the birds on the ground or water that his master has shot down. So, naturally, he has the instinct to go for them.

As long as he is socialized well as a pup, he will happily cohabit with other dogs. He would appreciate the extra four legs because it means more fun and company for those times where his humans have to leave him for a little bit.

clumber spaniel retriever puppy
Image credit: Ksenia Izmaylova, Shutterstock


Things to Know When Owning a Clumber Lab:

On top of his personality and needy characteristics, he needs other things from his human mom and dad. Here we are going to walk you through his day-to-day needs.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The Clumber Lab will eat around 3 cups of food every day. This will depend on his size, energy levels, and age, to name just a few reasons. He needs a high-quality kibble that will provide him with just enough sustenance to keep him fueled for his day ahead. It also needs to give him a well-balanced diet full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that he needs.

As a large breed dog, we advise that you feed him a size-appropriate kibble specifically designed for large breed dogs. This is particularly important during puppyhood when his body is developing. Large breed puppy kibbles contain the optimal calcium and phosphorus ratios that help to control bone growth. This will decrease the chance of him developing bone diseases.

If he is anything like his Lab parent, he will have a bottomless pit for a stomach. This means he’ll constantly be scavenging for food, and the chances of him becoming overweight are increased. Keep an eye on his food intake, and if he becomes too porky, increase his exercise, and switch him to a weight management kibble.

Exercise 🐕

The Clumber Lab needs between 60 and 90 minutes of exercise every single day. This is a non-negotiable need of his, and come rain or shine, he will expect you to take him out. He likes the dry, and he loves the water. Look to switch his exercise activities up, because he will become bored quickly. He makes a great running partner, fetch retriever, and just about anything else you can think of.

Although he is obedient, be sure to keep him on a leash around water. Before you let him off into the lake, make sure that there aren’t any ducks about because he will chase after them.

He will also need interactive playtime during the day to keep his intelligent mind stimulated. Without this, he will become bored and destructive. And remember we said he’s always hungry? Yes, that includes your favorite sofa if he’s bored stiff.

Golden Retriever and Clumber Spaniel
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Training 🦮

The Clumber Lab is a very intelligent dog who is also very obedient and eager to please. This characteristic combination makes for an easily trainable dog. But even with easily trainable dogs, you still need to put the time and effort in. Unless you show him the ropes, he won’t become the happy and polite pup that we all know and love.

He needs early socialization training, including being exposed to as many dogs, animals, and unfamiliar humans as possible. This will ensure that he is the politest pooch at the doggy park and that you can invite other dogs into your home too.

Positive reinforcement training is the most effective way to train this guy. And his motivation is likely to be edible treats, but remember what we said about his food intake. Praising him with an enthusiastic and squeaky voice will be another motivation for him.

Grooming ✂️

The Clumber Lab is a double-coated dog who sheds moderately throughout the year and heavily during the shedding seasons. Both of his parents have short to medium-length coats that are thick and luscious. So, it’s safe to say that if you don’t like dog hair, this guy isn’t the best choice of canine for you.

He will need brushing several times a week throughout the year and most days during the shedding seasons. If you’ve never heard of the term ‘blowing his coat,’ you’ll soon understand what it means. For those that don’t know what this is, it means that he sheds so much it’s as though his coat blows off in the wind.

He will need bathing once every 8 to 12 weeks or so. Don’t be tempted to bathe him any more than this because you risk damaging his natural coat oils and drying out his skin. Clean his ears once a week to keep bacterial infections at bay. And brush his teeth with doggy toothpaste to keep his breath smelling fresh too.

Health and Conditions ❤️

The Clumber Lab is a relatively healthy dog who enjoys a lifespan similar to both of his parents, which is 10 to 12 years on average. Because he is a hybrid hound, he can inherit both of his parent’s breed health concerns. Although the below list is not exhaustive in any way, it contains the most likely health concerns that will affect this mixed pup.

Minor Conditions
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Exercise-induced collapse
  • Intervertebral disc disease
Serious Conditions
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Eye concerns


Male vs. Female

There are minimal differences between the male and female Clumber Lab. The most notable is their size difference. The males tend to be on the larger side of the height and weight scale than the females. When it comes to their personality, training and family environment affect it more than sex does.

Divider 3Final Thoughts: Clumber Spaniel & Labrador Mix

The Clumber Lab is a happy-go-lucky dog who is always a pleasure to be around. Unless, of course, you aren’t paying him enough attention, and you aren’t exercising him regularly. If you are thinking about welcoming a Clumber Lab into your life, you need to be sure that you can give him both of these things. If you can, you’re sure to get along like a house on fire.

He is a sweet and affectionate pooch who will keep you topped up on doggy kisses and love. He is well mannered, and he gets along with everyone, both humans and other pets alike. He’s a rare mixed pup, and the only trouble that owners might have with him is finding one in the first place. But once you do, you’ll be rewarded with the goodest of boys.

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Featured Image Credit: Ksenia Izmaylova, Shutterstock

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